5 Must-See Black History Month Events in Downtown St. Louis

February is Black History Month, and there are few cities that offer more captivating and educational experiences to learn about African American culture than St. Louis. Men and women like Dred Scott and Madame C.J. Walker (America’s first Black woman entrepreneur) have played key roles in the evolution of the Gateway City.

Today, we honor the legacy of African American culture with a series of events, lectures, and exhibits. From historical discussions to pop culture lectures, these upcoming experiences in Downtown St. Louis are open to the public and cover a myriad of topics this February.

Featured Speaker Ozzie Smith at Central Library

Rene Knott of KSDK Channel 5 will serve as moderator at this conversation with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals. Tickets are not required, as this free event on Feb. 10 is first come, first serve.

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Foundations of Freedom at The Field House Museum

Visit the home of Dred Scott’s attorney Roswell Field to attend the new ‘Foundations of Freedom’ exhibit, opening Feb. 2. Follow the fight for freedom of Dred and Harriet Scott and learn more about freedom suits, slavery in Missouri and the historic national discourse regarding citizenship and slavery.

Find out more here.

The Soul of the City: A History of Black Radio with Bernie Hayes at the National Blues Museum

Part of its ongoing Adult Education at the NBM series, this lecture by Black Radio Hall of Fame Inductee Bernie Hayes follows his influential radio career. The lecture kicks off at 6:10 p.m. on Feb. 20.

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‘Tell Them We are Rising’ Screening at Central Library

Documentary ‘Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities’ by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams follows the rich history of these influential educational powerhouses. Attend this free viewing on Feb. 9.

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The Contributions and Legacies of Black Doughboys at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum

Join a panel of Black World War II veterans on Feb. 10 at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum for a discussion on the impact of WWI veterans regarding race and the lives of future soldiers.

Find out more here.

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Julia Cain

Julia Cain is a St. Louis reporter and blogger.


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